Hi! My name is Zheng Shijie and also you can call me Nathan. I come from Zhejiang province of China which is a really beautiful place. I studied landscape for four years and now major in urban design in Newcastle university. Why I chose this course is because I want to make my places (like my hometown) more comfortable and humanity for people to live or play. I like all kinds of outdoor activities and I like children and enjoy playing with them. I like doing some volunteer activities. Because in that way I can not only help people in need but also learn new things from others.


Comments on Micro–Flats by Richard Keeling

In Richard’s blog, he introduced a recent new house type called micro-flats. It’s usually sized around 15-25 sqm and within micro-flats community, all public facilities such as library, lounges, café and restaurants are easy to access for residences. The existing of micro-flats could solve the problem about the high-density of urban areas. It’s undeniable that…
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Comments on Why Amsterdam Works So Well for Bikes by Yilan Zhang

As we all know that Amsterdam is a successful city based on one transportation – bikes. In Yilan Zhang’s blog, she mentioned that the bike users are huge in the city like Amsterdam and The Hague. According to a research, almost 70% of all journeys are made by bikes. And bikes are seem to be…
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Comments on Mossy living wall to combat urban pollution by Tomonaga Kosaku

In Tomo’s blog, he mentioned a new facility in urban areas called Mossy Living Wall which could reduce air pollution and improve air quality. I saw this mossy living wall near INTO University before. At first I didn’t know what it is, I thought it may just a chair. Couple days later, I found it’s…
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Cave-house in China

As we all know, China is a great developing country in the world. With the development of China’s economy, more and more people are living in big cities with improved life qualities. But still, many people from other countries don’t know China very well. Three years ago, I went to America as an exchange student….
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The construction of new socialist countryside

Introduction The construction of new socialist countryside is a great project in China’s urban planning. Chinese government demolishing these decentralized natural villages and then build concentrated urbanization new communities with a certain population density. The new community shall be built along the transportation line. The residential buildings shall be more than five-storey commercial housing, supported…
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Modern and historical landscapes

With the development of human society, the landscape changes along with the changes of aesthetic standard and sense of worth of human. So, modern landscape is quite different from historical landscape. Modern landscape is more focus on paths, patios, steps and even planters. The landscape designers always use certain materials such as brick and pottery….
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Building For Life 12 Assessment: The Smith’s Dock

Today, let’s talk about a case study called Smith’s Dock. It’s a housing development in North Shields in which facing The River Tyne. Currently there is only the phase one (The Plateau). These award-winning modular houses are flexible enough to work around people’s needs. And the surrounding areas are also full of residence which means…
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Reflective summary: my first blogging experience in semester 1

Before this course, I’ve never written one blog. I would say that it was so fantastic to have such an amazing experience about creating blogs. Expressing my opinions about urban design through blogs is difficult for me because I never tried that before and also I don’t know how to express my thoughts in an…
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Comment on Sherry Xinrui Chen’s blog ‘Sustainable Urban Transport’

In Sherry’s blog, she talked about the emergence of building a complete system of sustainable urban transport. Due to the development of society, our world will gradually become a very congested place and what we have is only limited space to live. So it becomes a serious issue that we need to think about some…
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